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Early childhood education

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Early education
Early learning
Early years learning framework
NARROWER TERMS


Report

Supporting all children to thrive

In 2021, more than 63,000 children were assessed as developmentally vulnerable when they started school, according to the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). This analysis highlights the circumstances of disadvantage experienced by many of these children, how inequity of access to high quality Early Education...
Position paper

Mitchell Institute election 2022 education policy brief: early childhood education and care

This position paper outlines a number of policy initiatives the Mitchell Institute would like to see the next Australian government take action on.
Report

Educating for care: meeting skills shortages in an expanding ECEC industry

This paper argues that the provision of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services should be treated as a strategic industry of national importance – not just a ‘market’, and not just a ‘cost’ item on government budgets.
Report

The economic benefits of high-quality universal early child education

This report reviews several economic aspects of Australia’s failure to both allocate sufficient economic resources to early child education and care services, and to ensure that those resources are used to provide the best-quality services possible.
Strategy

The NSW strategic plan for children and young people 2022-24

The content of this plan is primarily driven by direct consultation with children and young people. In this way, the Advocate for Children and Young People is not relying on what they assume children and young people need and want, but speaking to them directly...
Report

Setting the preschool foundation for success in mathematics

This paper presents the results of a four-year longitudinal study – including two years of preschool (age 4 years), kindergarten, and first grade – designed to identify the early quantitative competencies that predict readiness to learn mathematics at school entry.
Report

National Quality Framework (NQF) snapshot Q4 2021

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has released its 36th NQF Snapshot report, summarising quality rating results for education and care services operating under the National Quality Framework (NQF).
Presentation

NQF evaluation framework

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has published this refreshed version of the NQF Evaluation Framework, developed in collaboration with the Australian and state and territory governments. The framework provides an agreed way of understanding how the National Quality Framework (NQF) is...
Report

NQF annual performance report 2021

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), in collaboration with all governments, has released the fifth Annual Performance Report on the National Quality Framework (NQF).
Report

Supporting children with neurodiversity

Neurodiversity is an umbrella term that refers to the diversity in brain functioning associated with a range of developmental conditions and experiences. This paper provides an overview of principles and strategies that can help practitioners to support children with neurodiversity to engage in counselling and...
Strategy

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood strategy

The purpose of this strategy is to pave the way for governments, non‑government sectors and communities to collectively support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to grow up healthy, engaged with education, connected to family and community, and strong in culture.
Report

Skills utilisation in the workplace: the other side of the coin

This report investigates skill underutilisation in Australian workers by examining patterns of over-skilling and over-qualification and the pathways of people into jobs where they are over-skilled. It also examines what businesses are doing, if anything, to maximise skill usage.
Report

National Quality Framework (NQF) snapshot Q3 2021

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has released its 35th NQF Snapshot report, summarising quality rating results for education and care services operating under the National Quality Framework (NQF).
Report

COVID-19 and early childhood education and care

This research report examines the health risks posed to young children from COVID-19, the risk of children transmitting the virus, and the strategies that early learning centres need to implement to reduce the risk of transmission.
Briefing paper

What is the relationship between childhood maltreatment and early educational outcomes?

This briefing paper summarises key findings from the NSW Child Development Study’s research looking at the relationship between maltreatment of children before entry to school and educational outcomes in primary school.
Literature review

National Quality Framework Approved Learning Frameworks update: literature review

The purpose of this literature review is to undertake a concise review of contemporary literature and other frameworks to identify areas of strength and potential areas for updating the national Approved Learning Frameworks (ALFs).
Strategy

Shaping our future: a ten-year strategy to ensure a sustainable, high-quality children’s education and care workforce 2022–2031

This strategy document has been developed to support the recruitment, retention, sustainability and quality of the sector workforce.
Strategy

Proposed national early language and literacy strategy

Developed by the National Early Language and Literacy Coalition, this proposed strategy sets out the scale of the issue, describes what is happening on the ground in different communities, and puts forward a framework for action.
Discussion paper

National Quality Framework Approved Learning Frameworks update: discussion paper

A national consortium led by a partnership between Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology and Edith Cowan University was engaged by ACECQA on behalf of all governments to lead this project, and this paper was prepared by the Chief Investigators of the consortium.
Infographic

Evidence use in early childhood education and care (ECEC) and schools

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) has taken a first look at data from a recent evidence use survey. The initial findings presented in this infographic help to understand how early childhood and school practitioners currently use evidence in their work.